– Love, Peace, and Our Best Effort. –
Nagasaki has experienced profound suffering over its history.
The period extends from the era of persecution of secret Christians to the atomic bomb attack just before the end of World War II.
We owe the era of peace we have today to the suffering endured by so many people in the past.
Now that we can live peacefully, our club is responsible for communicating the importance of peace.
And we see it as our mission to expand that circle.
The core elements of the activity of praying for peace are “Love, Peace, and Our Best Effort.”
For our loved ones, we play football with enthusiasm, and we enthusiastically support football matches for our loved ones.
We would like to continue this activity with gratitude while enjoying these days of peace with our fellows,
without having to distinguish between enemy and ally.
As a club located in the atomic-bombed city of Nagasaki, V-VAREN NAGASAKI has been committed to contributing to a peaceful world through football since its founding. In 2021, Japan is scheduled to host the Olympic Games, which are known as the “Festival of Peace.” In this year when the world is experiencing the power of sports through the courage, hope, and inspiration of the athletes, the club will think again about “sports and peace” and send a message of peace from Nagasaki to the world. The club hopes that this special website will provide information on the club’s thoughts and efforts toward peace and that it will encourage visitors to think about peace.
Our Thoughts about Peace
The Name of the Club
The “V” stands for four Portuguese and Dutch words that have a long historical connection with Nagasaki.
As a sports club with its hometown in the last city to be bombed, V-VAREN NAGASAKI will continue to emphasize the importance of peace and respect for diversity, friend and foe alike, and pass on the preciousness of peace to the next generation through its play and community cooperation activities.
The Grand Slogan of the Club
~ From Nagasaki to the World ~
V-VAREN NAGASAKI’s grand slogan is:
”正 々 道 々 〜 ナ ガ サ キ か ら 、世界 へ 〜
(SEISEI DOUDOU ～ NAGASAKI KARA, SEKAI E ～)”
It expresses the strength of the team to compete in a dignified manner and the peaceful spirit of Nagasaki.
It also expresses the club’s desire to send out a message of peace from Nagasaki to the world as a club located in Nagasaki, the last city to be atomic bombed, through fair play.
Peace Memorial Jersey
Around the 9th of August each year is an important time for Nagasaki citizens to consider peace. To convey this feeling, the club has been wearing a Peace Memorial Jersey during J.League games every summer since 2015(*).
(*) As for the 2020 season, there was a longer than expected suspension of the J.League due to COVID-19, so the club decided not to produce the Peace Memorial Jerseys and instead produced Peace Memorial T-shirts.
- Field Player
- Goal Keeper
The 2021 Peace Memorial Jersey features a dove, a symbol of peace, and an olive leaf.
This year is the year of the Olympic Games, known as the “Festival of Peace.”
By using the olive leaf, which is given to the winner, as a motif, the club hopes that V-VAREN NAGASAKI will be the one to bring victory and peace.
In this year when the world is paying more attention to Japan than ever before, the club would like to send out thoughts of peace from Nagasaki to the world.
Continuing from 2018, the “UNICEF” logo that used to be on the back of the season jersey is being displayed on the chest of the peace memorial jersey at no charge. This is part of the support project “PLAY (PRAY) for PEACE: What We Can Do Now For The Future” which was initiated by JAPANET HOLDINGS and Japan Association for UNICEF to support education and convey the idea of peace to children around the world.
Contents of “Pray for Peace” Activities
Learning for Peace
As our mission and in order to convey our feelings for peace, the club would like for the team, our management staff and our fans (supporters) to work together to send a message of peace to the world. In this way, the club will continue to promote peace and learning in 2021.
Donation of “Thousand Paper Cranes”
Since putting on the “pray for peace” uniform, the entire club, including fans and supporters, has made and delivered 1,000 paper cranes to the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum every year. In addition, the club also donates the year’s peace uniforms and the original peace declarations that were made at home games.
Cooperation with Government Agencies
To spread the vision of V-VAREN NAGASAKI more than ever not only in Nagasaki Prefecture but also throughout Japan, and on out into the world, the club will work together with Nagasaki Prefecture administrative agencies to advertise various events.
Every year, on the eve of the Peace Memorial Ceremony (August 8), “Light for Peace” is an event where citizens write messages of peace on handmade candles and light them in Peace Park. The club will participate in this event again this year with the cooperation of the Atomic Bomb Survivorship Division of Nagasaki City.
Working with High School Peace Ambassadors
On August 29th (Saturday), 2020, the club formed a partnership with high school peace ambassadors.
The club will continue to work together as a partner to send the message of peace from Nagasaki to the world in the 2021 season.
Initiatives at Home Games
The players will make peace declarations at four home games starting with the Omiya Ardija game on July 11th (Sunday), and at the J. Elite League in Nagasaki City on September 5th (Sunday).
The players will send out their wishes for peace from Nagasaki by interweaving their own thoughts on peace into the declaration.
On August 14th (Saturday), the 25th game of the Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance J2 League against Montedio Yamagata will be held as a “Peace Memorial Match.”
“Pray for Peace” Goods
– Love, Peace, and Our Best Effort. –
The club has produced a towel scarf, an eco-bag, a mask, and other Peace Memorial goods that match the design of the Pray for Peace Jersey, with the hope of continuing to think about peace together with fans, supporters, and all those who support us in the 2021 season. The club hopes this will be an opportunity for everyone to think about peace.
Activities for Supporting UNICEF
– What Can We Do “Now” for the “Future”. –
Since January 2018, the club has worked with JAPANET HOLDINGS (the parent company of V-VAREN NAGASAKI) to support the UNICEF Japan Association, and provide educational support to children around the world and convey the importance of peace. The name of the supporting project is “PLAY (PRAY) for PEACE / What Can We Do Now for the Future.” The name of the support project includes two meanings, “PLAY” for playing sports and “PRAY” for praying for peace through support.